Biting cold in full swing in Lalmonirhat and Kurigram
People of two northern districts -- Lalmonirhat and Kurigram -- are having to endure biting cold for the last three days.
The intensity of cold is higher in the morning and at night, reports our local correspondent quoting locals.
According to the Rajarhat Agricultural Meteorological Office in Kurigram, the lowest temperature recorded in the region in the last three days was 11 degree Celsius.
Several lakh people from villages and char areas along the Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla, Dudhkumar rivers are bearing the brunt of the cold. Many of them cannot afford to buy warm clothes.
An elderly man, Abbas Ali, of Kalmati village in Teesta river shoal area of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, said the cold has made life harder.
"I cannot go out in the morning because of the cold," he said.
"There are no warm clothes in our house. We can't afford to buy warm clothes. What we can do is burn straws at home for some warmth," he added.
Pradeep Kumar Acharjee, general secretary of a voluntary organisation in Lalmonirhat, said they have been collecting warm clothes from the affluent of the society.
He said they would be able to stand by the cold-hit people in the next few days.
Kurigram District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Abdul Hai Sarkar said they are ready to stand by the cold-hit people. Winter is hitting the low-income group hard, he said.